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Happy National Dog Day! Out on the trail or curled up on the bed, we love our four-legged friends. At Denali National Park in Alaska, sled dogs are important members of the team. Here’s Tephra, a 9-year-old Alaskan husky working her last season before she retires this month. Photo of Tephra posing with fireweed by Miles Leguineche, National Park Service.

let us never forget that:

  • Rosalie Hale is a rape victim who eventually brought her rapists to justice (death)

  • Esme Cullen escaped an abusive relationship and was brave enough to find herself a teaching job while pregnant and completely alone
  • Alice Cullen was sent to an insane asylum when she was perfectly fine, but kept a smile on her face after the months of torture
  • Leah Clearwater was dumped by her boyfriend for her cousin, and she still is a total badass
  • The Denali sisters lost their mother, and in an attempt to make a better image stopped killing people and went to animals instead of murdering in grief

Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska is 6 millions acres of wild lands with a single, 92-mile long road traveling through it. The places to go for adventure, solitude and recreation are nearly endless. Rainbow over Polychrome Overlook by Ken Conger, National Park Service.

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natgeotravel Video by @tobyharriman // Two years ago today my friend Sarah and I woke up in Denali National Park in one of their backcountry units. As we opened the tent flap, to our surprise a grizzly bear was wandering around just below our hill. I quietly set up my camera and was able to capture these peaceful shots as it started climbing up the mountainside. The last clip of the sun hitting him is definitely my favorite. Looks like he found the best view for sunrise. Follow me @tobyharriman for more! 

Summer sunsets at Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska are truly special. Kent Miller snapped this dream-like photo two days ago of a moose walking along Reflection Pond. In the background, the top of Denali is illuminated by the setting sun at midnight. Photo by Kent Miller, National Park Service.

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TAKE A STEP INSIDE BUS 142:

Welcome to Bus 142, also known as the “Magic Bus”. This is where Chris McCandless spent his final few months here on earth. Chris didn’t see this bus as a trashy hunk of metal. He saw it as shelter, as warmth, as a safe sanctuary, as a home.

You can see in some of the pictures, a few items have gone missing. The steering wheel, cabinet doors, pieces of the actual bus itself, and keepsakes people have left there while visiting. 

I, along with many other Into The Wild aficionados, Chris’s family and friends, ask that if you ever get the amazing opportunity to hike the Stampede Trail up to the Magic Bus, that you please respect the Bus and everything that comes along with it. Please DO NOT take anything left in the bus, or any part of the bus itself. If you’d like to leave your own little keepsake, do so. I think it’s great when people leave something special up there to dedicate to the bus. 

Lastly, this bus is an amazing tribute to Chris. A place people can go to feel a connection with him and take a step inside his world. If you decide to camp out up there, please take your trash with you. And if you see any other trash that has been left behind by previous explorers… collecting that as well would pay great respect for the bus as well as Chris. 

Enjoy the bus! It’s an incredible place with an amazing story. 

On this day in 1917, Denali National Park was established. While we celebrate the 100th anniversary of this area’s scenic beauty, Denali’s rich history dates back much further. For thousands of years, Alaska Natives have lived on the land surrounding the Denali area and used the resources of the land for food, shelter, clothing, transportation, handicrafts and trade. Today the park preserves a diverse tapestry of plant life and intact ecosystems where bears, wolves, caribou, moose and Dall sheep roam as they have for thousands of years. Photo by National Park Service.